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201E Garland Hall
615-875-2426

Research Interests

  • Medical Sociology
    Mental Health
    Race-Ethnicity-Immigration

Education

PhD, Indiana University, 2014

Curriculum Vitae


Christy L. Erving

Assistant Professor of Sociology

How do social factors produce and maintain disparities in physical and mental health?

As a whole, my research employs quantitative methods to explore how race, ethnicity, immigrant status, and gender interact to produce differentials in a variety of health outcomes. I’m currently developing a line of research focusing on racial, ethnic, and gender differences in co-occurring physical and mental health problems (physical-mental comorbidity), and the extent to which stress exposure and a variety of psychosocial factors contribute to the onset of comorbid conditions. I am also working on a series of papers examining the extent to which psychosocial factors contribute to racial patterns in psychological well-being.

My research has been funded by the American Sociological Association, Ford Foundation, and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. In 2014-2016, I was a post-doctoral fellow in the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health & Society Scholars Program at University of Wisconsin, Madison. I completed a Ph.D. and M.A. in Sociology at Indiana University-Bloomington, and received a B.A. in Sociology and Hispanic Studies from Rice University.